UH Parma Medical Center Opens First Phase Of $27.7 Million Surgery Renovation

UH Parma began construction in spring 2019 on a $27.5 million expansion and complete renovation of its existing Surgery Department. 

Phase One of the largest construction project at University Hospitals Parma Medical Center in more than 30 years has been completed. A large modern addition to the front of the hospital and extensive renovation in existing space now houses the expansion of the Surgery Department. This phase includes five new operating rooms, three endoscopy suites and 30 private bays for pre-operative and post-operative care. The new section also has an expanded waiting room and a new discharge elevator for outpatients to bypass the hospital’s main lobby to exit the building.

“It’s so beautiful and spacious – I love it,” says one employee of $27.5 million renovation and expansion of the Surgery Department. “It breathes life back into surgical services.” Added another: “The bays are perfect for the patients and provide privacy we never had before. The art work is beautiful and relaxing. I look forward to coming to my job.”

The $27.5 million renovation and expansion of the Surgery Department was announced in early 2019 and is expected to be completed next year. Phase Two, which involves the complete renovation of half of the remaining operating rooms, has begun. In approximately six months, Phase Three to finish renovation of the remaining old ORs will begin. The new operating rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art video integration and can accommodate the new robotic surgery program returning to UH Parma.

“This is a very complex project involving internal renovation and new construction, made even more complicated by the pandemic health crisis,” says Kathi O’Connor, Director of Operations at UH Parma, who oversees the project. “Our physicians and staff never missed a beat during this phase of construction. We are pleased to provide these fresh, modern and state of the art facilities for our patients and staff.”

A growing number of surgeons are coming to UH Parma Medical Center from numerous UH service lines and institutes. In addition to the general surgeons and gastroenterologists who will use these suites, the ORs experienced staff will work with surgeons in the Sports Medicine and Spine institutes for orthopedic surgeries, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute for vascular and thoracic surgeries, UH Digestive Health Institute for bariatric surgeries, UH Eye Institute for eye procedures and UH Urology Institute urological cases.

In announcing the project early last year in his first week leading the 332-bed hospital, UH Parma President Brian Monter said: “This massive expansion and renovation of our entire surgery department positions UH Parma Medical Center for long-term growth. We are determined to be a hospital that provides high-quality care, a hospital where doctors want to practice, patients want to come and employees want to work.”

CJ Sheppard

Senior Communications Strategist, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center

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